Farewell Espana: The World of the Sephardim Remembered

Farewell Espana: The World of the Sephardim Remembered

by Howard M. Sachar
     
 

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Farewell Espana transcends conventional historical narrative. With the lucidity and verve that have characterized his numerous earlier volumes, Howard Sachar breathes life into the leading dramatis personae of the Sephardic world: the royal counselors Samuel ibn Nagrela and Joseph Nasi, the poets Solomon ibn Gabirol and Judah Halevi, the philosophers Moses

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Farewell Espana transcends conventional historical narrative. With the lucidity and verve that have characterized his numerous earlier volumes, Howard Sachar breathes life into the leading dramatis personae of the Sephardic world: the royal counselors Samuel ibn Nagrela and Joseph Nasi, the poets Solomon ibn Gabirol and Judah Halevi, the philosophers Moses Maimonides and Baruch Spinoza, the statesmen Benjamin Disraeli and Pierre Mendes-France, the warriors Moshe Pijade and David Elazar, the fabulous charlatans David Reuveni and Shabbatai Zvi.

In its breadth and richness of texture, Sachar's account sweeps to the contemporary era of Mussolini, Hitler, and Franco, poignantly traces the fate of Balkan Sephardic communities during the Holocaust -- and their revival in the Land and State of Israel. Not least of all, the author offers a tactile dimension of immediacy in his personal encounters with the storied venues and current personalities of the Sephardic world. Farewell Espana is a window opened on a glowing civilization once all but extinguished, and now flickering again into renewed creativity.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sachar's epic history of the Jews of Spain and Portugal, begins before their expulsion from Spain in 1492 and continues through to the Sephardim in Israel. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Sachar (A History of the Jews in America, LJ 7/92) has written a history of the Sephardim (Iberian Jews) that illuminates the personalities and achievements of those doyens of the Jewish world. The Sephardim were an important element of Moorish society, serving as artisans, doctors, and government employees. During the period of Christian reconquest, they found new vocations as intermediaries between the Islamic and Christian worlds, often translating legacies of the Islamic world as well as classical works unknown to the Christian West. The year 1492 saw the conquest of Grenada, the voyage of Columbus, and the expulsion of the Sephardim from Spain. The sultan of Turkey lost no time in welcoming large numbers of this productive community to his domain. Sachar traces the history of this tragic diaspora from Turkey to Brazil. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries with strong reader interest in this area.-Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804150538
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/21/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., where he is Charles E. Smith Professor of History at George Washington University, Howard Morley Sachar lectures extensively throughout the United States and abroad.

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